Friday, October 16, 2015

16 October 2015 A.D. 10th of 39 Articles, “Of Free Will”—W. Turner, M.D.

16 October 2015 A.D. 10th of 39 Articles, “Of Free Will”—W. Turner, M.D.
        Jones, Thomas R. “An Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles.” NewScriptorium. N.d. Accessed 7 Jun 2015.
An Exposition of the Thirty Nine Articles, By the Reformers: Extracts carefully and fully selected from the Works of Latimer, Ridley, Cranmer, Hooper, Jewel, Philpot, Pilkington, Coverdale, Becon, Bradford, Sandys, Grindal, Whitgift, Etc.
Article X—Of Free-Will.
      The condition of Man after the fall of Adam is such, that he cannot turn and prepare himself by his own natural strength and good works, to faith, and calling upon God: wherefore we have no power to do good works pleasant and acceptable to God, without the grace of God by Christ preventing us, that we may have a good will, and working with us, when we have that good will. 
      W. Turner, M.D. – “‘Whatsoever is not of faith, that is sin;’ then that motion of free will before grace is sin.  Then what madness is it when a man cannot do well of himself but only evil?  What health is that, to have power to fall and not to rise or stand, without the help of another.  (2 Cor. 3). ‘Our sufficiency or ableness to do good is of God.’  Consider well the words of the Holy Ghost, (Rom. 10) where he calleth his own ‘the vessels of mercy.’  And (Rom. 8) ‘The children of God be led with the Spirit of God.’  (Isa. 26) ‘Lord thou hast wrought all our works in us.’ ... Thou indeed consentest, willest, and workest; but God maketh thee to consent, will, and work, so that this saying also may be always justly laid before thine eyes, ‘What hast thou that thou hast not received.’ – Old Learning and New.

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